Francois Duvalier
by Ryan McDonough

1) Profile of your leader

Francois Duvalier had grey hair. He had a good ability to articulate a program of reform. He also was good at public speaking, writing, and projected an aura of confidence. Duvalier was able to gain the support of other powerful leaders and create a larger following among the population. During the elections, Duvalier was committed to succeeding. He manipulated legislative elections to have his term extended. He also killed more than 30,000 people. Duvalier took aid money from the United States and transferred it into his personal accounts.

2) Audio/Visual/Artistic Element

Francois Duvalier sometimes hid how much power he really did have. He also used police to kill anyone that opposed him. He was made to look like a good leader. When Duvalier died, his son came to power.

3) Creative Piece

A letter to the editor,

I believe Francois Duvalier is not a good leader. He has killed more than 30,000 people. He also steals some of the aid money instead of using it to help Haiti. He continues to rule Haiti because he manipulates the legislative elections to have his term extended. Duvalier also kills anyone that opposes him. Francois Duvalier is not the right person to be in charge of Haiti.


4) Essential Question

How did Francois Duvalier's actions affect Haiti in the future?